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georgia map The scene of repeated struggles for control between Spain and England throughout it's early history, the Georgia question was finally settled by British general James Oglethorpe, who defeated Spanish invaders in the Battle of Bloody Marsh in 1742.

A center of Confederate military activity during the American Civil War, Georgia suffered at the hands of Union general William T. Sherman who burned Atlanta to the ground in 1864 before cutting a 60-mile-wide path of destruction in his "march to the sea", finally capturing Savannah a month later.

Today, Atlanta has emerged as a major American communications and transportation hub, while still holding onto its agricultural roots. Cosmopolitan Atlanta offers sophisticated nightlife, historic treasures, and is home to the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest.

As a major tourist mecca, the state offers a variety of attractions for visitors ranging from primordial Okefenokee Swamp and wet 'n wild Cumberland Island National Seashore to the architectural splendor of Savannah.

Golf's annual rite of spring, the fabled Masters Golf Tournament, takes place in Augusta.

atlanta, savannah, okefenokee swamp
Georgia's major attractions include the urban charm and nightlife of Atlanta (left), the southern hospitality
of scenic Savannah (middle) and the awesome natural wonders of Okefenokee Swamp (right).

Kid-friendly Georgia

Along with the Georgia Aquarium, other Atlanta must-sees for kids includes the World of Coca-Cola for an entertaining look at the history of the famous soft drink, or a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with fun activities and a stroll around the Children's Garden. In summer, also don't miss Centennial Olympic Park for a big splash at the Fountain of Rings and other fun kid-friendly attractions.

While in Savannah, there's no better way to get acquainted with the city than on a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour with stops at all major attractions, Yet more history is in store at the historic downtown district at Ships of the Sea for a look back at the city's maritime past.

DID YOU KNOW? Georgia Travel Fun Facts

on the set of Forrest Gump in Savannah
Hollywood South: Savannah

Atlanta's Capitol Dome that you see glittering in the Georgia sun is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold.

• The world's largest sculpture depicts Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee on the face of Stone Mountain. Located outside Atlanta, it was one of Georgia's most popular tourist attractions.

• Scenic Savannah is one of the most filmed locations in the state. It has been the backlot for such Hollywood movies as Forrest Gump (1994), Something to Talk About (1995), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Magic Mike XXL (2015), and many more.

• Proclaimed the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World, Macon has more cherry blossoms than any other city on the planet, including Tokyo and Washington, D.C.


also see -> Atlanta Tourist Attractions | Christmas in Georgia | Georgia Beaches

More about Georgia travel around the Web:

Explore Georgia
- The complete picture with travel news & events, top attractions and offbeat sightseeing, historic buildings & museums, hotel & restaurant guides, family-friendly travel tips, online booking, maps, screensavers, downloadable brochures.

Georgia's Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Guide - Guide to Georgia state parks, bicycle trails, camping sites, fishing and boating, fairs & festivals, driving tours, related links.

Atlanta Travel - Official Visitors Guide to Atlanta Tourism - Complete city guide including what to see and do, hotel, restaurant & neighborhood guides plus transportation maps, pictures, video clips.

Augusta, GA - Hometown of the Masters Golf Tournament with info on hotels, restaurants, historic treasures and night life when you're not ogling the course...

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